Photo courtesy of Matthew Griffin -- 2015
About the Lilac Inn
Situated on the shores of the Bay of Fundy, on peaceful Deer Island,
the inn overlooks the inner West Isles. We're often told by local residents that this manor on the hill has "the best views on the island".
As evidenced by the photo to the left, Deer Island is not named for its chipmunks. These beautiful animals are abundant and regularly seen around Lilac Inn or as you drive the winding roads along the island. One gentle doe, in particular, who loves to graze on the grounds of the inn at all hours of the day and night, has been known to take an apple out of your hand if you offer one to her. We can't promise that you will see her during your stay, but it's always a thrill when she makes an appearance.
It's recommended that you take care while driving on the island as the roads are constantly curving and a deer can spring out from the trees at any time.
History of the Inn
Deer Island was first settled in the late 1700's and some of the descendants of those original settlers still live on the island today. Lilac Inn was originally the home of the Lord family. Mr. Lord was a barrister. He and his wife had 7 children, so the house was clearly built to accommodate their large family. Built in the late 1800's much of the charm and character remains.
From the summer kitchen area in the back of the house, to the "pass through" that was used to pass food from the kitchen to the dining room, the home is filled with a sense of a bygone era.
The home has been run as both a Bed and Breakfast and a rental vacation property during the past few decades, previously known as the Bayview House.
In 2015 the property was purchased to be run, once again, as a retreat. The Bayview House was renamed the Lilac Inn. Several renovations, repairs and decorating are planned or in the works to try to recapture the charm and beauty of the original home.